Quinta Quebrada, is undoubtedly the most extraordinary house in San
Miguel de Allende. This imposing and yet charming 16th century casa
has 13,864 sq. ft. of living space on three floors and beautifully
covering almost one acre. Ideally located a short walk from the Jardín, the
main plaza in this lovely old city, Quinta Quebrada is a
true colonial gem and a living museum.
As with many houses here, nothing is visible
from the street except high stone walls and the large wooden entrance
doors. Upon stepping through them one is
instantly dazzled. Within these confines are fabulous courtyards,
follies, gardens full of climbing roses, cascading bougainvillea,
flowering jacarandas, multiple terraces and loggias.
Surrounding the 60' x 40' pool, which can be heated, are two
gardens, a terrace and a loggia with dining and seating areas and a
fireplace. Pretty curved stone staircases
lead down to the lowest level and flank a deep hot tub. Here one finds another charming folly,
a terrace with a dining table and chairs and a large lawn with a
serpentine bench at one end.
The interiors of
Quinta Quebrada are a visual treat as well -- very theatrical yet
intimate -- and its décor is a fantastic mix of period colonial
Mexican furniture and art with 17th and 18th
century furnishings and decorations from Italy and
Spain. Having 11 bedrooms with private bathrooms spread throughout
the house as well as numerous sitting areas both indoors and out
ensures that large numbers of guests have a wonderful sense of
privacy. There are always fresh flowers everywhere and at night
masses of candles make it even more magical. Another unique aspect of staying here is that one has so
many choices of where to have lunch and dinner that every one of the
absolutely delicious meals becomes even more special and fun. Quinta Quebrada offers guests the penultimate experience of stepping into
another century and lifestyle in a grand Mexican casa.
- Living room with
a fireplace and doors opening to the north loggia and to the old
- Dining room
- Library located in the old courtyard
with a large TV and a bathroom shared with the Viejo Bedroom
- Powder room located beside a boxwood
- Villa Suite
(Master) with a king-size bed, fireplace, private terrace with a sitting and
dining area and bathroom en suite with a large tub. A connecting
door opens to stairs down to the below bedroom.
- Pequeña Bedroom with a single bed and
bathroom en suite with a shower. It's connected to the Villa
Suite but also has an outside entrance.
- Viejo Bedroom
looking onto the old courtyard with a king-size bed and fireplace. Its bathroom, with
a shower, is shared with the
- Rose Bedroom with
twin beds, fireplace and bathroom en suite with a large shower. It looks onto the
- Yellow Bedroom
with a king-size bed, a twin daybed, fireplace and bathroom en suite
with a tub and shower.
It looks onto the same courtyard.
- Loggia with a
seating area and fireplace, kitchen and large terrace with a
Bedroom with a king-size bed,
fireplace, TV and 2 bathrooms en suite - one with a shower and the
other with a tub
- Enfante Bedroom
with twin beds, fireplace and bathroom en suite with a shower. It faces the pool.
Bedroom with 3 twin beds, fireplace and bathroom en suite with a
shower. It also
faces the pool.
- Blanco Bedroom with
twin beds (can be joined for king) and bathroom
en suite with a shower. Across a terrace, which has a dining table and
chairs, is a vine-covered facade of a decorative casa.
- Bedroom with twin beds and bathroom en suite
with a shower
- Folk Art bedroom with a queen-size bed and bathroom en
suite with a shower
Wireless Internet service, a safe in each bedroom, 2 cable TVs and
VCRs, tape deck/CD player, numerous fireplaces, ceiling fans in many
of the bedrooms, screens on all bedroom windows and most bedroom
doors, telephones for local, credit card
calls and free number to call the USA. No electrical adaptors are needed.
10+ in the house as well as gardens/maintenance men. The excellent
and very nice staff includes Estela, the best house manager, who
lives on the property. They work 7 days weekly. To
make tipping easier, the owners ask for a minimum of $15 per person
per day which is given to Estela at the end of one's trip. (I always
give her something extra for arranging any of the below services.)
Meals, Drinks and
The staff will serve 3 meals daily (2
courses for breakfast and 3 for lunch and dinner), hors
d'oeuvres and drinks (margaritas, beer, wine etc.). The cost is $20
per person per day.
Services Available at an Additional Cost
Heating the pool and hot tub ($100 per day) and personal laundry.
Estela is happy to arrange day and shopping trips, transportation,
massage and manicures/pedicures at the house as well as a fiesta
with a mariachi band, fireworks, piñata and mojigangas.
On the lowest level are ladies and gentlemen's bathrooms with 4
toilets each, which are used for weddings and large parties.
Dolores Hidalgo is 30 minutes, León International Airport and
Guanajuato are about 1 hour and Mexico City is 3.5 hours.